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Earth Day Every Day at Design Exchange

Earth Day QuoteLast Wednesday was Earth Day and #EarthDayEveryDay was trending on Twitter. This is a statement we try to embody here at Design Exchange.

As a business, we try to minimize our carbon impact by recycling everything we can: discarded paper, old magazines, cardboard packaging, empty ink cartridges, just to name a few. Additionally, we donate all of our out-of-date samples to local interior design schools. To save paper, we utilize auto bill pay options and submit orders via email when we can.

When we renovated the office, we installed a filter for water to eliminate the use of bottled water. For our appointments outside of the office, we always fill up a reusable bottle and Kayla has even started using her own cup for those afternoon Starbucks pick-me-ups!

For projects, we source from local vendors whenever possible, since decreased travel mileage reduces carbon footprint. We always select quality materials for our designs that are more durable and reduce waste because they don’t need to be replaced as frequently. Plus, many of our vendors incorporate recycled materials and other sustainable practices into their business as well, which cuts the environmental impact even more!

We continue to educate ourselves and our clients about sustainable design and follow LEED procedures when possible. And we are proud to share that Irina is working towards obtaining LEED Associate credentials from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).

We’re constantly looking for new ways to lessen our environmental impact and make Earth Day Every Day.

What steps do you take to reduce your carbon footprint?

The Design Exchange Team

Meet our Assistant Designer, Irina!

This has been a long time coming, but we are happy to officially introduce the newest designer at Design Exchange, our Assistant Interior Designer, Irina Ivanova, Allied member of ASID.

Irina joined Design Exchange as an intern in October 2013. She became our Assistant Interior Designer in July 2014, and has since graduated Northern Virginia Community College with her Associate of Applied Science degree in Interior Design.

Kayla and Carolin are thrilled to bring Irina into the design team, as they continue to help emerging designers, like Irina, get started in the design industry, especially in the DC Metro area. Irina brings great energy, appreciation for all design, attention to detail, additional CAD skills, and innovative design ideas to the Design Exchange team. We look forward to what Irina can continue to bring to our team and to each project.

You can read Irina’s complete bio on our website here.

Please join us in welcoming Irina to Design Exchange!

The Design Exchange Team

Kayla Elected to ASID Washington Metro Chapter Board!

I’m excited to announce that I was recently elected to the ASID Washington Metro Chapter’s Board as Communications Director, beginning in October!

The role includes overseeing the chapter’s newsletter, website, public relations/media outreach, directories, and other internal and external communications. What I’m most looking forward to is another opportunity to give back to the chapter since it has served me well so far in my career.

Since Carolin is my mentor, when she suggested I get involved in the chapter upon graduation, naturally I followed her advice. She served as the chapter president in the past and speaks highly of the opportunities it provided her during the start of her career, as well as now.

I credit much of where I am today in my career to the education, support, and network of resources I’ve gained from my involvement in the chapter. After serving as co-chair of the chapter’s Emerging Professionals committee for a year and a half, I am eager for this next opportunity to serve the chapter.


Spring is (Almost) Here!



Last Friday, as we were leaving a client’s home, we noticed the subtle hints of spring heading our way. Buds forming on trees. Grass starting to become green again. Buds trying to make their way out of the ground, to share their beauty with us!

Fast forward a few days, add six plus inches of snow, and it’s another reminder that we are still in winter. I’m anxious for spring to officially launch – and truly hope it stays!!